1994 record: 3-11. Coach: Craig Tillmann.
Top players: Andy D'Amico, Sr. M; Andy Gasdia, Soph., A; Pete Ford, Sr., D; Kweku Acquah, Sr., M.
Outlook: Tillmann has a couple of experienced players but said that the "talent level really drops off beyond that." Gasdia is Aberdeen's most potent attackman and Ford, who is nursing broken ribs, will anchor the defense. "The kids really seem to be into it," said Tillmann. "They're anxious to improve . . . . They all have a lot of heart."
Bel Air Bobcats
1994 record: 5-7. Coach: Bill Zimmerman.
Top players: Bob Bauer, Sr. A; Andy Cunningham, Sr., A; Ryan Zimmerman, Jr., M; Rich McEwing, Jr., M; Dave Polosne, Sr., M; Doug Shuman, Sr., D; Jay Miller, Sr., G; Tim Schinler, Jr., A.
Outlook: The Bobcats lost their starting midfield and their two leading scorers from last year. A lack of depth and a difficult non-league schedule could prevent Bel Air from bettering .500. "It's not going to be easy," Zimmerman said. "We're going to have to come together as a team."
C. Milton Wright Mustangs
1994 record: 10-4. Coach: Carl Greenberg.
Top players: Cory Smith, Sr., M; Stas' Katula, Sr., M; Chris Rueckert, Sr., M; Dave Rueckert, Jr., M; Jeff Smith, Jr., A; Jeff Sedlak, Jr., A; Rich Juergensen, Sr., D.
Outlook: Graduation took its toll, leaving Greenberg with a team that includes 10 sophomores, two freshmen, five seniors and six juniors. "The talent we have is good, but we're awful young," said Greenberg, whose team lost to Centennial in last year's region finals. "We have the potential to be decent."
1994 record: 5-8 Coach: Mike Sulewski.
Top players: Mike Johnson, Sr., M; Rob Gaines, So., M; Danny Lose, Sr. A; Craig Roland, Sr., A; Derrick Davis, Soph., D; Ken Hoffman, Jr., D.
Outlook: A softer schedule and a strong junior varsity program should help Edgewood continue to improve. "Our record should be just the opposite of last year," said Sulewski. "This should be a good year for us. We hope to make it to the playoffs."
1994 record: 12-1. Coach: John Conley.
Top players: C.J. Lauer, Sr., A; Josh Morrison, Jr., A; Chris Ogle, Soph., A; Todd Paradise, Sr., M; Jason Goodman, Jr., M; Timmy Whitehurst, Sr., M; Tim Jones, Sr., M; Kernan Kelly, Sr., D; Trevor Kolego, Sr., D.
Outlook: Fallston, which ended last season with an 8-2 loss to North Harford in the region final, lost All-American Fred Sheckells (Maryland). But, with Lauer back at attack and Paradise at midfield, Conley likes his team's chances at both the county and state levels. "I don't think we have the scoring power like in the past," Conley said, "but, if we control the ball, we'll be competitive."
Harford Tech Cobras
1994 record: 1-4 (limited schedule). Coach: Tom Nelson.
Top players: Richie Grace, Sr., M; Chris Rogers, Sr., M; Adam Stallings, Jr., M; Jeremy Adams, Jr., M; Scott Boyce, Fr., A; Chris Mina, Jr., D; Mike Coster, Jr., D; James Glassman, Soph., G.
Outlook: The Cobras are going from a 14-player team with a five-game schedule to a 25-player squad participating in two scrimmages and a full slate of games. "We have a great group of young men who are showing the coaching staff that they are willing to give 100 percent," said Nelson. "We will win some and lose some, but we will be competitive with those teams at our level."
Havre de Grace Warriors
1994 record: 3-11. Coach: Ted Walke.
Top players: Jody Hochstein, Jr., G; Fred Zellman, Sr., D; Ben Neades, Jr., D; Colin Brown, Sr., M; Todd Hawkins, Sr., M; Jason Yarbrough, Soph., M; Jeremy Aronowitz, Soph., M; Richard Harvey, Sr., M; Ryan Walke, Soph., A; Danny Gilbert, Soph., A.
Outlook: Hochstein is one of only two returners from last season. Havre de Grace's four leading scorers from last year decided not play. Still, Walke thinks his team can improve but he knows it will be difficult.
John Carroll Patriots
1994 record: 12-3. Coach: Boo Smith.
Top players: Adam Parris, Sr., D; Shane Gray, Sr., M; Matt Brown, Sr., M; Brian Barrett, Jr., M; Sean McDonough, Sr., A; Spencer Buettner, Sr., A; Jay Beynon, Sr., A; Jeff Miles, Jr., A; Clay Ulman, Soph., A.; Mark Abromaitas, Jr., M.
Outlook: The Patriots lost their starting goalie and five defensemen so defense is suspect. However, Parris, who Smith says is his best player, returns for the defending MIAA B Conference champs. "I think we'll be in contention for the title again," Smith said. "It all depends on how quickly our goaltending and defensive play comes around. We don't have a super attackman to send to the goal, but we have nice balance at both midfield and attack."
1994 record: 4-8. Coach: Bill Waibel.
Top players: Jay Lawhorne, Sr., D; Chris Myers, Jr., A; Russ Peters, Sr., M; Kris Dougherty, Soph., A.
Outlook: Joppatowne has two proven scorers in Dougherty and Myers, but an inexperienced defense will make it hard for them to enjoy success against county powers Fallston, C. Milton Wright and North Harford. Said Waibel: "We're shooting for a .500 record and I think that a pretty reasonable goal."
North Harford Hawks
1994 record: 10-5. Coach: John Grubb.
Top players: Keith Smith, Sr., M; Jay James, Sr., M; Tom Staab, Jr., M; Mike Murray, Sr., A; Nick Thomson, Sr. D; Eric Barger, Jr., M; Greg Pardew, Jr., M; Jim Weston, Jr., M.
Outlook: The Hawks lost defenseman and county Player of the Year Jay Heil and several others from last year's state finalist team, but Grubb says he still returns the most talent he ever has in his 18 years as coach. Smith (23 goals, 15 assists), Murray (46 goals) and James (11, seven) are among five returning starters. "People are going to have to respect us," said Grubb, whose team lost to Towson in the state finals last season, 8-7. "We'll be competitive with any team we play."